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Anjali’s School Reunion with a Difference

Thursday, 22 March 2012

When Anjali Pathak of Indian food giants, Patak's, came back to her former school to teach a masterclass to students she decided to hold a Starlight Supper to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. She teamed up with top local chef, Mike Harrison and hired the School's wonderful Arts Centre to hold her charity evening. The event was an instant sell-out.
 
Old Girls from Anjali's year as well as from other year groups enjoyed a three course meal of the finest Indian cuisine. During the course of the evening, the guests were treated to some of Anjali's favourite recipe creations. On the menu were canapés and caramelised onion bhajis, followed by a main course of Indian spiced stuffed salmon with tasty roasties and raita - Anjali's signature menu from a recent run of Smooth Radio Starlight Suppers - with a dessert of lemon and cardamom panna cotta (all her recipes are available on her website: www.anjalipathak.com).
 
Anjali shared her story of her life in food and how after leaving the School in 1999 she became a qualified chef in London. She spends most of her time as the Brand Ambassador in the family firm, Patak's, but is an independent chef and food writer who travels the world sharing her love of food. Being a food connoisseur she hopes to 'demystify spices and Indian cuisine'.

Funds raised on the night will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support. Anjali said: "It is always an honour returning to your old school and tonight has been an absolute pleasure. It's been great to meet up with some people I've not seen since my school days and to see the local support for this wonderful charity. I am pleased that over £1,000 will go to MacMillan Cancer Support, which is a charity I have had a close relationship with since moving to London. Their Starlight Supper campaign was a fun initiative and I hope the cookery classes that I will be doing during the course of this year for them will help people on their cancer journey."

You can read more about the event on Anjali's own blog.

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Anjali Pathak and Mike Harrison

Anjali and Mike show off the main course to Old Girl Natalie James, now a Food Technology teacher in the School and Chair of the OGA, Mrs Laura Henthorn